Annual Dinner Celebration

The Community Foundation's Annual Dinner, held every spring, gives us a a chance to celebrate what we've accomplished together over the previous year. We thank our supporters, say goodbye to exiting board members & welcome new, reflect on the impact our grant dollars have made, and renew our mission in the community. The Annual Dinner is also when we present the Lakota Educator of Excellence Awards.  The Lakota Educator of Excellence Award was created to provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the hard-work, dedication and talent of local educators. 

2015 Educator of Excellence Award Recipients:

Greg Clark, Union Elementary

Lauri MacNeel, Lakota East High School

To Register, visit:

Tickets: $65/person

Dress is business casual.

Event begins at 5:30 PM with cocktails. Dinner is served at 6:00 PM.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. O'dell Owens, president, Cincinnati State

A native Cincinnatian, Dr. Owens attended Woodward High School, Antioch College and Yale University. He established the first division of reproductive endocrinology in the department of OB/GYN at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and served 2 terms as Hamilton County Coroner. In 2010, Dr. Owens was selected by the board of trustees of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to be the school’s fifth president.

At the dinner Dr. Owens will speak on community philanthropy, drawing on his own experience. In 2004, Dr. Owens helped launch a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization devoted to early childhood education called RISE Learning Solutions. His current and former board memberships include the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garen, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees; the Cincinnati Health Department; Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), a not-for-profit collaborative of the Cincinnati Public Schools; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; KnowledgeWorks Foundation; Red Cross; and the Fine Arts Board. During Cincinnati’s bicentennial year, the Bicentennial Commission honored Dr. Owens as one of the Bicentennial’s 200 Greater Cincinnatians in recognition of his community service.